News.com reported that the women, including 13 Australians, were dragged to a flight to Sydney on 2 October at Hamad International Airport, where the newborn was abandoned.
Shocked passengers were discovered stripped and subjected to “aggressive” examinations, prompting Australia to complain with Qatar about the “deeply disturbing” incident.
Two women on flight QR 908 told ABC of Australia that they did not know when they were being rounded up after a three-hour delay, not knowing that they had not been informed of the baby’s discovery.
“Nobody spoke English or told us what was happening. It was terrible, “one of the women, who asked to remain anonymous, told the outlet.
“There were 13 of us and we were all made to leave. A mother near me had left her sleeping children on the plane, ”she said. “There was an elderly woman who was blind and had to leave. I’m pretty sure he was discovered. ”
The woman said that while she respected the laws and culture of the country, she was considering legal action.
“If the other 12 women come forward with a class action, I will definitely be a part of it,” she told ABC.
The other passenger said that he was with a group of several other women when they realized that they were being removed from the airport.
“When I arrived there, and there was a woman with a mask on it and then the officers locked the ambulance behind me and locked it,” she said.
“He never explained anything. He asked me to pull my pants down and I needed to check my vagina, ”the woman told ABC. “I said, ‘I’m not doing this’ and she didn’t explain anything to me. She just kept saying, ‘We need to see this, we need to see this.’
The woman said that she took off her clothes and the female nurse touched her.
“I was getting nervous. Everyone had gone white and was shaking, ”he said. “I was so scared at that point, I didn’t know what the possibilities were.”
She said she jumped out of the ambulance “and then ran to the other girls. I had nowhere to walk. ”
Kim Mills, one of the women who was disembarked from the flight, told Guardian Australia that she had seen a young woman exiting the ambulance.
“I just turned around and started caressing her.” I said, ‘What’s wrong, what’s going on?’ And he told me that they had found a child in the bathroom at the airport and they were examining all the women, ”said Mills.
“I was the luckiest in the entire flight because I have brown hair and I am in my 60s. He probably looked at me and thought, “It is impossible, it cannot be his.” ”
By the time the women were allowed to board the plane again, Mills said, their “legs were just wobbling.”
“I was just too happy to be back on the plane because I was nervous that they were about to take me away somewhere … Why didn’t they explain to us what was going on?” It was terrible, not knowing, for me, which was one of the worst parts of it, ”he told the Guardian.
Mills said cabin crew members were “completely horrified.”
“[The head steward] The captain and the pilot do not even know why we have been hired and what is going on, ”he said, adding that upon landing in Sydney, Pusser offered an apology on behalf of the captain and crew.
Australian Foreign Minister Marijne Payne said she was referred to federal authorities in her country “concerning extremely disturbing, offensive, incidents”.
“It’s not something I’ve ever heard in my life, in any context,” she said. “We have clarified our views on the matter to Qatari authorities.”
The airport said in a statement that the baby was “safe” and was being cared for in Qatar – and that medical professionals “expressed concern to authorities about the health and well-being of a mother who had just given birth and Requested that she be located before departure. ”
According to ABC, federal labor leader Anthony Albnis called the incident “completely unacceptable”.
“The government has a relationship with Qatar, the government is in a position to regulate a wide range of activities and I would have thought it needed something other than just strong words,” he said.
New South Wales Police said the women received medical and psychological support at the hotel quarantine in Sydney.
Amnesty International called the episode “disturbing, and disturbing and a gross violation of the human rights of these women”.
Amnesty International Australia director Samantha Clintworth told 7 News, “A thorough and independent investigation is needed and everyone involved is needed.”
Mills called the incident “absolutely terrible”.
“I can’t imagine what it was like for those poor young girls, it must have been horrifying. I’m a mother of three daughters and when I got back on the plane and thought about it and thought, I’m glad it’s my girls. There was none of it, ”she told the Guardian.
“I only think of poor young girls. I don’t know why they had to put through them, I really don’t. ”
The post has reached out to Qatar Airways for comment.